While the 19th Amendment is often celebrated as the beginning of female enfranchisement, what did its passage mean for women of color, who were still barred from voting on the basis of race? As America reaches the centennial of the 19th Amendment in 2020, Brent Staples discusses the history of a movement that ultimately achieved the right to vote for some women, but not all.
The results of the 2018 midterm elections and the arrival of a diverse new field of democratic presidential candidates have made American politics more visibly female than ever before. However, even before suffrage in the U.S. was obtained 100 years ago, women at home and abroad have always been a part of politics and exerted influence and agency, despite lacking access to conventional means of power. Join a panel of acclaimed journalists and thinkers as they discuss women, power, and politics in America and beyond.
For the Jewish villagers of Kippenheim, no challenge was as urgent or formidable as escaping Nazi Germany, and acquiring an American visa was often the difference between life and death. Discover how several members of this small community struggled to find refuge and learn about the heated debate that took place within the U.S. government over whether to admit those seeking to escape the Holocaust.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the U.S. senator representing New York from 1976 until his retirement in 2000, is venerated for his decades of dedication to public service. In a conversation highlighted by clips from the new documentary Moynihan, the senator’s daughter and acclaimed historians discuss Moynihan’s remarkable life and career as well as his work with many American presidents, including Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon.
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The American West is one of the most romanticized eras in American popular culture, but what really happened as starry-eyed migrants made their way toward the plains with dreams of better futures? In a conversation with Douglas Brinkley, H.W. Brands shows us the courage, perseverance, and violence of a time when people sought their own El Dorado in the West.
Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer surveys the 16th president’s majestic second “malice toward none” inaugural address as one of the greatest of American political orations. At the time, the speech generated entirely partisan responses—and even an assassination attempt. Exhausted yet determined, Lincoln nonetheless did nothing less than re-interpret America’s founding and light the way for “peace among ourselves” after a long and bloody civil war.
On February 20, 1939, six months before the outbreak of war in Europe, more than 20,000 people converged at New York’s Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism. Scheduled to coincide with George Washington’s birthday, the event incorporated fascist and American iconography and featured speeches that glorified “Americanism” and sowed discord. Join us for a screening of a 7-minute documentary about this infamous rally followed by a discussion on its enduring resonance.
Can families, schools, and houses of worship forge a more united, cohesive nation? Leading conservative intellectual Yuval Levin looks at America and sees a country in social crisis and argues that despite the frequent attacks by both the right and left on “institutions,” these enduring structures have the power to counteract the uniquely sectarian dynamic of our time.
Join us for a conversation tracing Abraham Lincoln’s ascent to power from his famed debates against Stephen Douglas for the U.S. Senate seat to his nomination as the Republican Party’s candidate for the presidency in 1860. As the outbreak of war loomed on the horizon, these formative years set the stage for Lincoln to become one of the nation’s most revered moral leaders.